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Article ID: 708175

Yeasts Reach Across Tree of Life to Domesticate Suite of Bacterial Genes

University of Wisconsin-Madison

New research finds that some yeast picked up a whole suite of genes from bacteria that gave them the new ability to scavenge iron from their environment. It’s one of the clearest examples yet of the transfer of genes from one branch on the tree of life to another.

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15-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708358

UF/IFAS Researchers Find Aromatic Strawberry Variety Grows in South Florida

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for local markets, UF researchers say.

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20-Feb-2019 9:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 708337

Protecting Small Forests Fails to Protect Bird Biodiversity

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a Rutgers-led study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ecological integrity.

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20-Feb-2019 8:20 AM EST
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Article ID: 708308

To bear or not to bear a seed

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

What would be the purpose of a flower that doesn’t bear seeds? Research with crop wild relatives suggests the extra flowers make a small but significant contribution to yield.

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20-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708336

MSU Technologies Lead to Better Survival, Bigger Catfish for Mississippi Producers

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State-developed vaccination technologies are being commercialized to help the catfish industry save millions for the state that leads the nation in production.

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19-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708300

Forest fires as an opportunity for ecosystem recovery

University of Seville

Great forest fires are ever more frequent globally and their consequences more severe and destructive.

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19-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708284

UF/IFAS Center to Take Integrated Approach to Solving Water, Land Use Issues

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

By taking a more holistic approach to challenging issues facing Florida, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will share more and better information about water and land use, including farming and urban landscapes, with the establishment of a new center.

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19-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST

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Article ID: 708213

Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets

Michigan State University

Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. The research, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, combined plant biology and machine learning to sort through tens of thousands of genes to determine which genes make specialized metabolites.

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18-Feb-2019 9:40 AM EST
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Article ID: 708208

Navigating life 'outside the gate'

West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

With 1.3 million active duty military personnel nationwide, coordinating and finding accessible healthcare and social services for their 1.7 million family members is a major challenge. A WVU professor is working to address these challenges and needs through the Military Families Learning Network.

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18-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST

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Article ID: 708204

What are soil contaminants—and how did soil get contaminated?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Soil is all around us, in cities and rural areas. But some soil becomes contaminated. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Feb. 15 Soils Matter blog summarizes common contaminants and the risks they carry.

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18-Feb-2019 7:05 AM EST

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